1966 Miami Dolphins season

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1966 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach George Wilson
Results
Record 3–11–0
Division place 5th AFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
N/A 1967

The 1966 Miami Dolphins season was the team's inaugural year in the American Football League. The Dolphins team was founded by attorney/politician Joe Robbie and actor/comedian Danny Thomas. Future Harlem Globetrotters and Montreal Canadiens owner George N. Gillett, Jr. was a minority partner in the Miami Dolphins.[1]

Offseason[edit]

AFL Draft[edit]

With the first pick overall, the Dolphins selected Running Back Jim Grabowski from the University of Illinois.[2] Grabowski was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Draft. The result was a bidding war between the two franchises to obtain Grabowski’s services. The Packers signed Grabowski and he played for them for five seasons.

Main article: 1966 AFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 1 Jim Grabowski Running Back University of Illinois

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 9 4 1 .692 358 255
Boston Patriots 8 4 2 .677 315 283
New York Jets 6 6 2 .500 322 312
Houston Oilers 3 11 0 .214 335 396
Miami Dolphins 3 11 0 .214 213 362

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Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 2, 1966 Oakland Raiders L 23–14 0–1–0
25,188
2 September 9, 1966 New York Jets L 19–14 0–2–0
33,650
3 September 18, 1966 at Buffalo Bills L 58–24 0–3–0
37,176
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1966 at San Diego Chargers L 44–10 0–4–0
26,444
6 October 9, 1966 at Oakland Raiders L 21–10 0–5–0
28,863
7 October 16, 1966 Denver Broncos W 24–7 1–5–0
22,191
8 October 23, 1966 at Houston Oilers W 20–13 2–5–0
21,999
9 Bye
10 November 6, 1966 Buffalo Bills L 29–0 2–6–0
36,685
11 November 13, 1966 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34–16 2–7–0
33,733
12 November 20, 1966 at New York Jets L 30–13 2–8–0
57,092
13 November 27, 1966 Boston Patriots L 20–14 2–9–0
22,480
14 December 4, 1966 at Denver Broncos L 17–7 2–10–0
32,116
15 December 11, 1966 Kansas City Chiefs L 19–18 2–11–0
17,881
16 December 18, 1966 Houston Oilers W 29–28 3–11–0
19,274

Roster[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.296, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 396
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 298